|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 08-05-2009 06:07 PM||18175 views||1 time favorited||21 comments|
This was a commissioned project.
This gun was part of a set of three that I did for a family in Wichita, Kansas
- You can see the Pheasant Carving by clicking here
- You can see the Tom Turkey Carving by clicking here
- You can see the Quail Carving by clicking here
If you have a gunstock that you would like to have personalized with a carving, send me an email to discuss the project.
This is a Remington 870 12ga Shotgun, with an original factory walnut stock that I custom carved.
An old friend of mine from my Wichita, Kansas days has a son being deployed in the military this month, and he had the idea of giving the son a custom carved gun stock as a gift before his deployment. He’s been pretty nervous all summer that I wouldn’t have it finished in time, and my encouragements that I would were still hard to believe I guess. So, I’m doubly happy to have this gunstock finished and reassembled 4 days before my deadline. That doesn’t always happen, guess that’s why he was so concerned in his emails.
Since the gun was in “used” condition when I recieved it for the carving work, the finish on the stock and forearm grip were in really poor shape. So, I resanded both sections and refinished them while I had them in my shop.
The artwork on this gunstock is my own original drawing, although based somewhat on a carving plan I found at carvingpatterns.com.
My old friend has three sons, and the other two sons will also get a carved gun soon, as soon as I have them finished. The second gun will have a Quail in flight, and the third gun will be a Pheasant in Flight.
Here is the posting of the Carved Bobwhite Quail in Flight
I have never carved a Puffed-up Tom Turkey before, and really never looked at one very closely before this project. They are a hard animal to carve in low-relief style, at least for me it was hard. The depth of the carving is controlled by the mounting bolt hardware hole inside the gun stock, so I was very careful not to cut too deeply. This does however, present a challenge since there isn’t much room to gather shadows and detail to give the carving some 3-D depth. The total background depth is a hair over 0.12” deep.
The finish I applied started with Watco’s Danish Oil, which is an oil/varnish mix. After applying several wiped coats of the Danish Oil over several days, I moved onto Wipe-On Polyurethane. After a few coats of the Wipe-On Poly, I added several coats of sprayed Satin Polyurethane to smooth out the finish. I’m pretty happy with the overall finish at this point, and it should be dependable in the field when this gun is used, even in rain or snow.
thanks for reading,
(Note: All photos, project design, artwork, carving patter, and text is protected by copyright 2009 by the author M.A. DeCou, all rights reserved, no unauthorized use of this material in whole, or part is allowed without expressed written permission.)
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com